As we mentioned in an earlier post, an increase in the number of construction jobs in Colorado could mean an increase in construction site-related injuries. Before the weather cools, road construction continues across the state. But road construction can be dangerous for both drivers and workers.
Workers from the Colorado Department of Transportation convened this week to honor their coworkers who died on the job during the past year. Preliminary numbers indicate that 10 people were killed in work zones in 2011, and 96 other people were injured. A total of 830 crashes happened in Colorado work zones during the past year and the problem continues to grow, according to agency officials.
A recent post discussed the dangers that Colorado road workers face on-the-job each day. A Colorado Department of Transportation worker was killed after he was struck by a car; he had been retrieving a piece of loose debris from the road to prevent future accidents from occurring.
When the weather outside is nice, Colorado residents may see more workers out on the roads where there is construction. But construction zones are not the only place where workers are at risk of getting injured. Whenever something falls off a car and could potentially cause an accident, a Colorado Department of Transportation worker may have to get it off the road.